The Talmud: A Biography - Banned, Censored and Burned, The Book They Couldn't Suppress
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The Talmud: A Biography - Banned, Censored and Burned, The Book They Couldn't Suppress

Bloomsbury USA / 2014 / Hardcover

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Sometimes Jews are called "the people of two books" because the Hebrew Bible is so closely tied to its history of interpretation in the Talmud. Freedman tells the engrossing tale of the Talmud's origins in discussions among scholars in Babylon to its cultural, legal, and religious impact throughout the centuries.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 1472905946
ISBN-13: 9781472905949

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Publisher's Description

Containing nearly two million words in thirty-seven volumes, the Talmud covers topics as diverse as law, faith, medicine, magic, ethics, sex, humor, and prayer. It is a highly complex, profoundly logical, and frequently impenetrable work with a history like no other. In its fifteen-hundred-year history, the Talmud has been banned, censored, and burned; dissected by scholars and rabbis; probed by philosophers, poets, politicians, and kings.

In The Talmud, Jewish scholar Harry Freedman tells the engrossing story of an ancient classic, the legal and mystical pillar of Judaism, and recounts the story of a chronicle that, in many ways, parallels the history of the Jewish people. From its origins as a record of discussions among scholars in towns and villages close to modern-day Baghdad, Freedman traces the spiraling paths of the Jewish diaspora and explores the story of the Talmud, its role during the Enlightenment, and its influence over traditional Judaism. A compelling fusion of law, storytelling, and spirituality, the Talmud's story provides fascinating insight into the history of Judaism, and Harry Freedman's The Talmud A Biography is a remarkable account of one of the most important cultural, historical, and religious works of our time.

Author Bio

Dr. Harry Freedman is a writer and academic with a Ph.D. in Aramaic. His books include The Gospels' Veiled Agenda. He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture and has written for the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Quarterly, Judaism Today, and the Huffington Post. He lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

“Freedman brings impressive research to the biography of a 2,000-year-old text that still excites scholars, inspires controversy and reflects turbulent events in Jewish history.” —Kirkus

“A biography of the Talmud--call it a bibliobiography--is welcome. Such a book could explain how the Talmud came to be and who reads it and why. Perhaps most important, it would explain to the uninitiated how to understand the Talmud's complicated logic. Harry Freedman's The Talmud: A Biography addresses almost all of these subjects . . . Mr. Freedman writes with evocative brio.” —Wall Street Journal

“While the Talmud itself may be impenetrable for many, in The Talmud – A Biography: Banned, censored and burned. The book they couldn't suppress, author Harry Freedman has written an engaging account of the book itself. For those who may be fascinated by the Talmud and at the same time intimidated by it, the book is a great resource that profiles what the Talmud is.” —Ben Rothke, The Times of Israel

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